Fashion Finds Friday: 1950’s Jacket Edition

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I always try to plan ahead when I go shopping, otherwise I end up buying 10 slightly different variations of the same gray sweater. So this week I was on the search for a unique jacket to dress up jeans for Fall.

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You can imagine my glee when I happened upon this little gem: A 1950’s, 100% wool, The Eagle’s Eye jacket made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, in absolutely perfect condition.

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I love the moss green color and the unique style of this jacket! It will be perfect for those busy Fall days when I want to dress up a little, but still want to comfort of jeans.

Plus, I love the idea of giving new life to such an old piece, bringing the 1950’s into 2016, and allowing this beautiful vintage garment to live another day. And now I can check unique jacket off my “To Buy” list for this season.

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5 Wooden Toy Craftsman that are Amazing!

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In a world filled with wires and screens, I am feeling an increasing love (as I think many are) for all things raw, natural, and wholesome. I am always looking for toys that inspire creativity in my kids, because I want them to learn to think outside the box. That’s why I have put together a list of 5 wooden toys that lack battery packs and on/off switches because they run entirely on imagination.

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These adorable little creatures are from Myriad Natural Toys & Crafts, a family run business specializing in hand-crafted toys. The idea behind the simplicity of the toys they offer is to awaken the “creative impulse” within children at play.

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My first thought when I saw these wooden swords was of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, dueling it out. I haven’t met a little boy yet who didn’t love to play sword fighting, and these little wooden ones from Friendly Fairies are about the cutest swords I’ve ever seen.

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If woodworking is your jam and you are interested in making your own wooden toys, here is a great site that offers plans for making trucks like these. I can definitely see this being something that my husband and kids will be into when they are a little older.

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I remember being a kid and looking for the perfect stick to make a slingshot with. Of course, when I found the perfect stick I would wrap a rubber band around it and use an actual ROCK to lob at my siblings. That’s why I love these tiny slingshots with pom poms from Tweet Toys. They are way cuter and way less painful!

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There is something so inspired about the simplicity of these futuristic toys hand crafted out of wood. Japanese craftsman Nakagawa Takeji or “Take-G” is a true artist that portrays the whimsy of childhood with a sophisticated attention to detail in each piece.

I love that there is a growing demand for toys more closely resembling nature.  I want to make sure my kids stay in touch with their imagination and nature as our world becomes more and more tech focused.

Fashion Finds Friday: Lord and Taylor Over-sized Jacket

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I’m always inspired by over-sized jackets, but finding a way to pull them off can take a bit of planning. If paired with anything else that’s baggy, I could easily come off looking like a big sack. Paired with other professional looking attire would be a bit too business-like for my taste. That’s why I’m wearing this over-sized, vintage Lord and Taylor jacket with a basic gray tee and cut-off denim blue jeans.

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The contrast of the heavy jacket with a summer time classic like denim cut-off’s is a fun and versatile look for transitioning into Fall.

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I was so excited to find this vintage jacket with the tags still on it second hand at a thrift store. The Italian made navy fabric is a combination of Wool and Cashmere.

#fashionfindsfriday Vintage Lord and Taylor Jacket - cupcakesandwildponies This outfit will be perfect for a Saturday morning farmers market run, meeting a friend for coffee, or basically anytime I want to add a bit of winter to my summer look as the days begin to cool off.

5 Adorable Baby Products that Make a Difference

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There are plenty of adorable baby things out there in the marketplace, but when you come across a marriage of cuteness and philanthropy it’s like hitting the jackpot. Not only does your head turn into the heart eyes emoji when you see it, but your insides become all warm and swooshy at the thought of helping others with your purchase as well.

That’s exactly what happened to me when I saw these 5 items in my list today. The darling giraffe above is from Humble Hilo, a philanthropic company that allows you to choose how a portion of the proceed from your purchase can be used to help needy women and children in Guatemala. Not only do they offer cute animals like this giraffe, but they also sell adorable shoes and clothes on their website as well. You can check out more here.

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This Star print out from Mini Learners is so sweet and supports such a great cause: “Every penny from this artwork will be donated to Adas, a 3 year old boy diagnosed with brain stem tumour. Adas had 60% of the tumour removed but to finish the treatment he needs to undergo an expensive proton radiotherapy.” To learn more about Adas and his story you can click here.

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A portion of the proceeds from this baby teresa organic cotton bunny ears hat goes towards providing formula for babies in need.

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I love this little positive message bodysuit. 5% of all purchases from Milliedot goes to Pencils of Promise, an organization that brings education to children living in poverty around the world.

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If I had found this precious little clothes set from BEBE by lmd when my baby girl was born I would definitely have used it for her take home outfit! It is so sweet and girly and I love that a percentage of all proceeds goes to March of Dimes & CHOC Childrens.

My Fashion Find Friday: 90’s Edition

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Last weeks thrifting expedition was a bust, but this week I hit the jackpot with a vintage 1990’s Ann Taylor spaghetti strap maxi slip dress.

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As soon as I saw it I instantly conjured up images of Rachel Green from Friends, looking so effortlessly chic while sipping coffee at Central Perk.

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The fabric flows like moving water, and makes me want to dance just because I like the feel of the fabric against my skin.

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I am clearly having way too much fun channeling my inner 90’s obsession with this $5 thrift store find! But hey, it’s a pretty cheap thrill so why not?

 

DIY IKEA Wooden Crate Hack

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Living 5 miles from IKEA is dangerous for me in so many ways. At least once a week I call one my friends and look for any excuse to go. “Oh hey, it’s raining outside? Let’s go to IKEA!” The kids have a great time watching Frozen in our ‘I wish this was mine’ IKEA living room, or playing with the egg chair, and we get to shop…It’s a win win for everyone.

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On one of my many visits to the store, I saw these Knagglig wooden crates and was hit with this DIY idea of turning these crates into a coffee table. So, I bought a couple crates, then picked up some Minwax wood stain, a couple sponge sbrushes, some screws and bolts, and four rolling wheels, took my pirate booty home and got to work.

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Since it was raining outside (and me being the impatient person that I am), I decided to do the staining in the basement. I do not recommend this. Definitely use this wood stain outside or in an open, WELL ventilated area because the fumes can be a bit over-powering in an enclosed space.

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After I finished staining the wood and let them dry overnight, I made good use of the cordless electric drill my in-laws gave my husband last year for Christmas. I built the crates IKEA style, then attached them bottom to bottom with four 3 inch screws and bolts. Then I attached the wheels, and voila! A coffee table!

I thought about using four crates to make it bigger, but this size is perfect with kids because they can easily move it out of the way whenever they want to use the living room floor as their tumble mat (which happens quite a lot). It also provides extra storage since it’s open on both sides.

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Another use I found for the crate was a shoes storage solution by the door. This way the shoes are kept up off the floor and it provides a great place to drop things like keys and sunglasses when you come inside.

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My Fashion Find Friday: The Esprit Denim Jacket

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While perusing our local thrift store for buried treasures the other day I happened upon this Esprit denim jacket and snatched it right up. I spied it from across the store and made a mad dash to nab it, pushing other patrons out of the way who even dared to gaze upon its splendid glory. It was love at first sight and I just had to have it! It’s slightly distressed, but not over the top, and has a bit of an edge to it which I find irresistible.

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I chose to pair it with a simple black and white outfit to show it off and dress it up a bit.

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I really love the style and color of this jacket, it’s half biker chic, half cowboy and I can already tell I am going to be getting a lot of wear out of it this Fall!

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I think it was totally worth the $3.50 I paid for it!

Gluten Free Coconut Zucchini Bread

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I’m not on the Paleo Diet and I don’t have a gluten intolerance, but I do like to eat healthy whenever possible. We also like to grow vegetables in our tiny urban garden, in our postage stamp sized yard, and are always surprised by the vegetation we get. This year we decided to grow zucchini since it’s one of our favorite vegetables that everyone (including the pickiest of our eaters) enjoys. What grew out there in our teeny tiny patch or earth was something monstrous and unearthly. We had a massive, ginormous, beast of a zucchini taking over our yard. My husband’s zealous excitement over the size of our prize winning zucchini was soon dashed by my revelation that they are not supposed to be that big, and in fact, are far more bitter when they get to be that size. Nonetheless, we had some zucchini to eat and I had to figure out what the best way to serve up such a monster would be.

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I’m not much of a baker, but my friend had given me some Trader Joe’s Coconut Flour when she was moving, so I decided to try my hand at making some bread. I added coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and used organic agave to sweeten it with, but you could try nuts instead to make it a bit healthier and maple syrup to make it Paleo.

The coconut flour doesn’t hold together quite as well as wheat flour, but I personally found both the taste and the texture to be close to 10 on the craveability scale.

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Here’s the recipe and how I made it,

Ingredients:

1 cup Coconut Flour                              1/2 cup Coconut Oil

1/2 tsp Salt                                              3/4 cup Organic Agave, Pure Maple Syrup or Cane Sugar

1/2 tsp Baking Soda                             1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Baking Powder                        1 cup grated Zucchini

1 tsp ground cinnamon                      1/2 Sweetened Coconut Flakes

2 eggs                                                      1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Grease and flour 8 x 4 inch baking pan

3. Combine coconut flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl and sift together

4. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and agave until blended. Add Flour mixture and beat well.

5. Stir in grated zucchini, coconut flakes and chocolate chips and pour batter into pan.

6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan or on a wire cooling rack for 10+ minutes.

Bon Appetit!

The Tribal Print and the Baby

 

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Unless you’ve been living in a bubble it will not be news to you that tribal prints are all the rage. While they are lovely to see, everywhere from pillows to tattoos, never are they cuter and more on fleek than on or around a baby. Here are some of my favorite on-trend tribal print baby goods:

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I love this sweet baby cardigan from the MadeByJeniffer Shop. It’s perfect for transitioning from summer to fall.

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A binky is one of a baby’s most prominent accessories. It should always make a statement! Like the one pictured above from Zazzle.

Aztec Tribal sunsuit from VintageStiches - cupcakesandwildponies

There’s nothing cuter than a baby in a sunsuit on a summer day, especially if that sunsuit is in a tribal print like this one from vintagestiches.

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Okay, so these may not exactly be tribal print, but they have that look and feel, and I LOVE them! Too bad they are no longer available from Hudsonsapparel.

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I have seen some adorable tribal themed baby nurseries that almost make me wish I had gone with that theme for Adriana’s room. This blanket is from FoxHillBaby. Hmm..maybe my next post will be about redecorating the nursery??

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To top off it off we have a tribal print headband from MoxieGirlBoutique.

So basically we have discovered today that you can literally dress your baby from head to toe in adorable tribal prints and they will look absolutely scrumptious.